Canadian 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Customers Are in For a Long Wait
As nice as the Canadian people are, some are getting frustrated with the long waiting times for the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. We have already covered how long it approximately takes to get your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in the United States. However, our cousins up north are unfortunately feeling a little exacerbated after some folks in Quebec said that it took them forever to get their 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid even allocated to their dealers.
A user by the name of RAV4_Marc asked “Has anyone received his/hers 2022 RAV4 Hybrid yet? Has anyone got an allocation yet? I've been waiting for my 2022 RAV4 Hybrid XLE since August 17 (5 months ago) and I'm starting to think I might not have it before the summer.” This was posted on a forum called Rav4World.com.
Before we take a look at what some other Canadian owners said, remember that a dealer isn’t like a store you just walk into and buy a brand-new car. Especially a high demand mass-produced car. On average, a regional dealer might get let’s say 4 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrids per month and within a day all of them are gone. All 4 of those were either allocated to the dealer via Toyota, or they were on order through the dealer by the customer. Let’s take a look and see what some of the other owners said.
User Megafolie said, “Nothing on my side yet. My dealer told me (in November) that he expected to have the first 2022 models around March, but I expect April or May. It takes patience … but I'm still convinced it's the best choice for me so I'm willing to wait.” That’s about 5 months and still, his RAV4 has not arrived. That’s pretty long considering here in the U.S, just right below the Canadians, we get ours in just 3-4 on average.
Now, this is a little ironic considering that there is a Toyota plant in Ontario. According to sources, it was shut down for a few months last year and just recently came back up and is in production. Could this be a reason why Canadians and some northern Americans are getting their 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrids so late? Absolutely.
Interestingly, both plants closed in Ontario, and a lot of dealers either didn’t tell customers who were waiting, or they didn’t know themselves. So if the allocation is harder in Canada, why don’t Americans get their RAV4 Hybrids later than Canadians? So the RAV4 is produced in Kentucky and Canada. When the Canadian plant shut down, The Kentucky plant had to pick up the slack and send the RAV4s not only to Americans but also to the entire world. This made a huge backup in orders, even for Americans.
Now that the Canadian line is back, we should start to see fewer waiting times than we did at the beginning of the year. As of now, the average Canadian wait time is around 5-7 months. I have calculated this by taking all of the numbers from forums and discussions and getting an average. It’s even harder if you had put down a special order through your dealer. Special orders make allocations even harder and with this backup, you might not even get your special order at all. Check out our recent article on special orders to know more. So, when can you get your Canadian RAV4 Hybrid? Probably summertime or even in the fall.
What do you think? Should Toyota do something about this backup of old orders? How long did it take you to get your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.